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Thomas Signature Homes has selected Tella Firma Foundations ( to provide the foundation for one of its clients in the exclusive Preston Hollow neighborhood located in Dallas, Texas.

“We’ve worked with Tom on about 10 custom homes,” said Jim Fontaine, CEO of Tella Firma.  “He originally saw the process presented at an educational session at the Dallas Builders Association.  He was in the middle of building a house with piers, and after seeing the benefits of Tella Firma Foundations, he decided to do a cost comparison.  It was about the same, so the decision to use Tella Firma was a no-brainer.”

By using a field-tested, patented process of elevating a slab-on-grade foundation, Tella Firma creates a protective void between the ground and the home itself.  This application isolates the slab and guards it from damaging soil swells, contractions and unexpected movement caused by light earthquakes.  Most foundation damage results from soil movement caused by expansion and contraction of clay soils due to moisture change, or by seismic activity. 

“Everything starts at the foundation,” said Tom London, owner of Thomas Signature Homes.   “All of our homes are built with the highest quality in mind, so a Tella Firma foundation was right in line with that.  My clients are very educated and have previously bought homes, so they understand the issues around soils.  When I tell them about Tella Firma, it is an easy choice for them to make.”

The Tella Firma foundation system is based on commercial engineering principles in practice for over 50 years. The system provides the strength and protection of a pier-and-beam foundation, yet it is much more affordable and takes less time to install when compared to most traditional, suspended foundations. Tella Firma foundations also utilize a green installation process to avoid the need for any type of chemical or water injection into the soil under the home.  

Thomas Signature Homes is renowned for its award-winning quality, design and innovation. More importantly, it is known for the high level of personal service, experience and expertise they offer families considering building or purchasing a new custom home in Dallas.  Tom London supervises each project himself to ensure that every detail is taken care of and every question is immediately addressed. His team of creative architects, artisan craftsmen and artistic design professionals are also service-oriented and focused on achieving and exceeding the clients’ expectations.

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